How to Throw the Ultimate Virtual Baby Shower
Many of us have attended a baby shower or two, celebrating a Mum-to-be. Often held at someone’s home or an external venue, with lots of guests, food and baby shower games. In the current climate with social distancing the new norm, a virtual baby shower is the way forward for Mums-to-be! While virtual baby showers have been around for a while, they are becoming more popular now that most of our interaction has moved online. Virtual Baby Showers don’t have to be only for social distancing. You could plan a virtual baby shower for a Mum-to-be who lives half way across the country or in a different country from her family and friends. Let’s not forget the Mum’s-to-be on bed rest, how much could an online baby shower brighten her day!
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Choose the Virtual Baby Shower ‘Venue’
Firstly you’ll need to choose an online host. There are many options these days for holding online group video calls but some of the most popular are Skype and Zoom. These both allow large group numbers and are pretty easy to use, even for the non tech savvy. Make sure you do a test run in the days leading up to the baby shower to ensure everyone knows how to join the group. You don’t want to wait until the baby shower to run into problems.
Have your parents-to-be set up an online gift registry. An easy to use option is Amazon, which can be shipped to many locations worldwide at ease. Parents-to-be receive a free box of baby goodies when using the Amazon baby registry and not only that, you can add items from any website to your Amazon Baby registry. Take a look on Amazon to check out the other benefits. Take a look at reasons why your Mum-to-be should create a Baby Shower List, if she’s not sure if she should create one or not.
Gather a list of guests, along with email addresses or addresses, depending on how you are choosing to send invitations. Be mindful of the number of guests for a virtual baby shower. If there are too many on the group call, the video call can become a little hectic.
Setting a Time for a Virtual Baby Shower
This is perhaps a little trickier than a usual baby shower. For a traditional baby shower, you’re all attending in the same time zone. A virtual baby shower might not be so easy to organise a time for. Once you have the locations of all the guests, you might need to look into time zones. What might be 2pm for you, could be 8am for a guest in another country. If you’re all on the same or similar time zone then great. If possible, aim for midday at the earliest, for the guests in the earliest time zones, which could then cross over into the afternoon or evening for everyone else. When adding the time to the invitation, specify the time zone (GMT, EST etc) that you are referring to.
An online invitation would go with the theme of a virtual baby shower. There are plenty of online invitations providers such as Punchbowl. RSVP’s can be done online and it’s a good way to send the the link for the virtual ‘venue’. You may choose to go down the route of a traditional invitation and that is just as good.
Create and Send a Baby Shower in a Box
You want the guests to feel as if they are part of something more than just a group video call. Creating a baby shower in a box to send to each guest and the guest of honour prior to the baby shower, will likely get them in the baby shower spirit. Have a look at my Baby Shower in a Box post for the full breakdown on what to include!
Do I Need Decorations for a Virtual Baby Shower?
If you are choosing not to send a Baby Shower in a Box (see the tip above), it will still be lovely to have a few decorations sent to the Mum-to-be. You wont need to add too many as guests will only see the area directly behind Mum. But if you want the Mum-to-be to feel extra special, send her a bunch so she can decorate the room as she pleases!
Starting the virtual baby shower off with an ice breaker is worth it if not all of the guests know each other. There won’t be the chance for people to talk individually. You could start off asking each guest to introduce themselves, how they know the Mum-to-be and an interesting fact about themselves.
Food and Drink
While you won’t have to cater for a large group, some snacks and drinks are a must. If you haven’t already, I would suggest looking at my Baby Shower in a Box post for a fun way to organise snacks and drinks. However, you might not want the hassle of organising them yourself. If this is the case, add a note in the invitation asking each guests to have some snacks and drinks at the ready to enjoy during the shower.
Games to Play Online
Games that guests can be played verbally such as don’t say baby or games that can be played on print outs work best for virtual baby showers. Printable games include guess the baby weight, baby bingo and how well do you know the mum-to-be. You can either send the digital copies for guests to print at home (ahead of the baby shower) or post them to guests.
Gifts can be opened during the virtual baby shower. Guests can be entertained with a game of baby bingo marking off which gifts are opened. It will keep guests engaged and having some fun.
This can be as simple as sending a digital gift card right after the baby shower. Gift cards can be purchased on Amazon which can be sent as a physical gift card in a box or e-Gift cards can be sent via email.
Ask guests to take photos of themselves and their snacks and drinks. Ask the the mum-to-be’s partner to take photo’s of her during the shower. Some of the virtual ‘venues’ can record the whole conversation which would be another great keepsake. My post here has some other great ideas.
Even though we might not be able to always get together to enjoy celebrations, I hope this post will give some inspiration on how to create a lovely baby shower, which can be enjoyed by all!
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